Ever wonder where those tasty tomatoes come from? And did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? We’ll be planting seeds on Monday and feasting by Friday in this delicious exploration of where our food comes from. Meet the bees, birds, farmers and foodies that transform soil into a meal, and share in different cultural celebrations around food.
Try your hand at shelter-building, tracking, foraging for wild edibles, and finding your way with nothing but a map and compass to guide you. Examine how Native peoples survived on this land and learn skills to feel at home in the wilderness.
What to do with those in-service days? Send your student to an enriching day camp!
Join our experienced educators for one or more of our nature-based summer camps for campers 5-12. Each week offers a new adventure! Camp will run each day from 9am to 4pm and includes a farm fresh produce snack. If you are interested in early drop-off or late pick-up please let us know! Please bring a sack lunch. Camp will take place at the Swallowtail Farm in Hillsboro.
Camp enrollment is limited to 30 students. Campers will be divided into two 15-camper pods, each with a Lead Teacher and Assistant. Our Project Specialist will support teachers and assistants as they engage in a variety of engaging projects related to session themes. Swallowtail Farm employs a full-time site manager to ensure the site is clean, safe, and ready for campers at all times.
Camp is $45 per day. Register your camper online today by clicking the Enroll button next to each camp session or download the Registration and Consent forms, fill them out, include a check or money order and mail to:
Terry O'Day, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Early Drop-off and Late Pick-up
We offer early drop-off and late pick-up child care. Early and late care costs $9.00 per half hour. You can reserve before and after camp care by specifying the number of 30 minute segments you need on the enrollment form.
Day Camp session and enrollment information
Where does all the stuff we use come from? (hint, the answer is not "the store") Explore the world of making as we consider questions about how the houses we live in, the shoes and clothing we wear, and the stuff we use is made, who makes it, and how nature provides the materials for pretty much anything we want to make and use.
Our gardens at Swallowtail are bursting with colors and textures that inspire young artists to explore and create! We'll paint with vegetables, create natural brushes and make hand-dipped candles using beeswax harvested from our hives. We'll also write poetry, make musical instruments and create garden art installations. Our creations will be displayed in the garden at the end of the week during an art show for family and friends to attend!
Do you like to build forts and shelters? So do we! As wilderness architects we will use our imagination and ingenuity to design and build cozy hidy-holes using the raw materials that nature provides.
Grazers and Growers August 17 - 21
Learn all about farm animals and the gardens they call home! Campers will feed, care for, and get to know the grazers, browsers, bunnies and chickens at the Swallowtail farm. What is a bunny's favorite food? How do animals help the garden grow? Where is a goat's favorite place to be scratched? What are some of the ways that animals help us? Join us for a week full of dyeing and felting wool, making cheese and cooking omelettes in the earth oven.